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Part 1: Protect, Save time, space, money.

The Best Way to Pack Clothes for Moving:
Part 1: Protect, Save time, space, money.

There are a lot of things to consider when you want to pack your clothing, from how to fold them, to how many boxes and packing materials you should buy. You don’t want to spend more money than necessary on these things, so we have compiled a list of the most important things you need to consider when packing hanging clothes for moving. Packing and transporting clothes differs from other types of packaging and transportation by the fact that it may require unique tools that most non-professional movers are not aware of.

In Part 1, we’ll describe why it’s important to pack properly and share some tips, separated by category.

Why is it important to pack your clothes correctly when moving?

When moving, it is important to pack your clothes properly. This will allow you to spend less time unpacking, and it will also keep the clothes from getting ugly folds.

Moving can be a hassle, especially when you are doing it yourself or with a small budget. Minimal packing is key to being ready for whatever comes your way.

Protect your clothes from damage with packing

  • Proper packaging will help your clothes last longer, protect them from damage, and make it easier to get them to their destination.
  • Jewelry should not be worn with your clothing. You don’t want to unravel shoelace chains or knitted garments, do you?
  • It’s best to separate delicate clothing with layers of paper towels or special dividers. Use plastic separators with caution in California, as they may melt or stink up the clothes with a chemical odor.
  • It is especially important to separate clothes of different colors and materials, for example, red woolen sweaters should be kept away from white shirts.
  • Heavier items can be placed on the bottom and lighter items can be placed on top. It’s just like putting things in bags when you buy them at the grocery store.
  • Following these tips will help ensure that your clothes are in good condition in your new home.
  • Try to think of everything – use preferably a waterproof container to the usual cardboard boxes.

When you are packing your clothes correctly, you don’t need to spend as much time organizing your clothes.

  • Proper packing of your clothes will help you stay organized during the move.
  • Before you pack, be sure to wash and dry them well before you move.
  • To avoid a “dusty smell” you should allow air circulation in the containers. But keep in mind that in California, during the rains, clothes in these containers can collect moisture and get stale. Also, clothes easily absorb all odors from the kitchen and restroom, so keep them away from such places both before and after the move.
  • It is also important to make sure that all clothing is completely dry before packing to avoid damaging it – slightest bit of moisture can damage your clothes. Insects may lay eggs or moths or bed bugs may be hiding in your clothes when they are drying outdoors – make it a habit to check them when you bring them home.
  • When packing, you want to pack heavier items towards the bottom of your suitcase and lighter items toward the top.
  • Pack your luggage carefully and plan for everything you will need to bring with you when you move.

Packing & organizing your clothes correctly is an important step that saves time when moving.

  • Before you leave the house, make sure you’ve done a few minutes of organization.
  • Sort and label your clothes, especially your undergarments, before you throw them away or wash them.
  • Lastly, pack some versatile and comfortable clothes that you can wear during the move. Take some time to get your clothes ready before going out. It’s the best way to look polished and confident.

You can save money by packing your clothes properly.

  • Use your casual clothes to protect your items from scratches or damage, which will reduce the number of boxes you need to move them.
  • You can save a lot of space in the truck by using the KonMari or Rolling method.
  • A vacuum sealer is a great way to save space when packing things in boxes.

Packing clothes the right way can save you a lot of space when you’re moving houses.

  • To get your clothes delivered safely to your new home, pack them in a logical fashion.
  • Sort your clothes by type and color, and group similar items together.
  • Using packing supplies to wrap delicate items will make packing them easier and help prevent wrinkles.
  • Use boxes designed to pack multiple items tightly together.
  • Place the heaviest items in the center of your suitcase or drawer. Make sure all heavy items, such as coats, are vacuumed.
  • Fold clothes in half and roll them up to save space.
  • If your hangers are creased, use a paper bag to keep the hangers away from each other and to help flatten out the wrinkles.
  • You should also label all boxes and bags with the contents in order to make unpacking easier if the contents include multiple boxes or bags.
  • Use tissue paper or bubble wrap as padding at the top of the box.

It is important to pack your clothes correctly when moving because it will prevent your clothes from getting wrinkled and damaged.

  • Clothes should be folded in half, with the top of the shirt on one side and the bottom on the other.
  • Pants should be folded lengthwise, leaving the waistband at one end. When packing them in a box, be sure to keep them all as flat as possible.
  • It’s a good idea to fold your clothes into neat little stacks and then store them in a box or crate.
  • Polyesters and other synthetics can be packed easily and don’t wrinkle easily.
  • To save space, it is recommended to pack away specialty clothes like hiking clothes and swim trunks as well.
  • Take advantage of the storage system available in your suitcase.
  • Synthetic fabrics are easier to pack than natural fibers. They won’t get wrinkled as much and usually don’t need ironing.

When you’re moving it is important to pack your clothes correctly in order to stop them from getting damaged.

  • A good way to pack clothes is to lay them flat in a box and tightly fill around the edges with soft items like clothing and bedding.
  • Separate clothes by material, for example put cottons on one side, wools on another, and silks on yet another.
  • Store away the seasonal clothing and specialty items first.
  • Packing clothes properly will help them stay in a better condition during the move.

When moving, it’s important to pack properly – which means making it easier to unpack.

  • It is recommended to use a protective bag for delicate items, but if you do not have one, put them in a zippered laundry bag or even a pillowcase.
  • Make sure to roll your clothes in order to prevent them from looking crumpled. You can also pack items of similar weight together on the same side.
  • Label each box of clothes with what is in it and which room it should go to. You can also add tags, just like the blogs of the early ’00s.
  • Among other things, you can prioritize things into categories like the Eisenhower Matrix:
  • Clothes you’ll need first
  • Clothes you plan for seasons
  • Clothes you plan for special events or holidays like tuxedos
  • Clothes you’ll give to charity, second hand, recycle, or throw away

Packing tips to help you stay organized when moving your clothes

  • Thin fabrics like silks, cottons and linens should be carefully folded and placed in containers. You won’t want to put polyester fabrics in boxes because they tolerate wear and tear, cleaning, and to some extent compression during long transports. Of course it all depends on the ratio of the materials from which the item is made – so unfortunately only professionals can predict what will happen after shipping – don’t hesitate to ask them!
  • Unwrapping clothes and putting a plastic bag over them is an easy way to avoid creases. Most importantly, don’t use colored or black bags – they leave marks.
  • To avoid wrinkles in your clothes, pack them in boxes instead of bags.
  • Buy stickers for packages, not just boxes.
  • Make sure to pack away any special clothes you will need during your move, such as hiking clothes or swim trunks.
  • You can order new clothes for your new home on Amazon just in time for your planned move.
  • Do not use construction bags or large garment bags. Instead, divide the clothes into as many types, uses, and rooms in which they should end up as possible.

You can read our article “How to pack things when moving?” for great tips on how to move more efficiently or continue reading this series on the best methods for packing, sorting clothes.

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